Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Public School Rankings

Remember the Army slogan, “I Want YOU for the U.S. Army!”? The poster showed a very stern Uncle Sam jabbing his finger nearly out of the picture. What about the one by Smokey the Bear? “Even YOU can prevent forest fires!” Well, let’s add another one, shall we? “It’s important for YOU to consider Public School Rankings !” when considering a move to a new city or state.

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers – This is not some new teaching technique, but points to something unique. Public School Rankings can show you which schools have something different to offer, and how well they do so compared to other similar programs. While you should never choose a school for your child based solely on the fact that it is unique and out-of-the-box, schools that rank high in Public School Rankings and that have unique, diverse programs in place indicate that they are concentrating on ensuring the best possible education they can give.

Looking at Public School Rankings will also give you valuable information on how well these schools are performing in core academics. Test scores are a big part of Public School Rankings, and high scores will definitely show which schools have students who are earning high marks. A unique program at an excellent school situated near the top of a Public School Rankings may be just what you are looking for, so don’t forget to consider where the school in question falls in Public School Rankings .

Open Doors – Preparing yourself with information gathered by studying Public School Rankings of schools in the area you are considering will help out when you tour schools and visit classrooms. Principals and teaches will appreciate your knowledge about how their school has performed in Public School Rankings , but be sure not to come off as a know-it-all about the school you are visiting. Coming to the school informed with the school’s placement in Public School Rankings will show that you are interested in the school you are considering, and that you will make sure to be a partner with educators in the schooling of your child.

Updated Information – Researching the Public School Rankings in the city or state you are thinking of moving to is simply logical. While it’s good to talk to other parents in the area you are heading for, keep in mind that they can only speak from their own experiences. I once had a teacher tell me not to place my daughter in our school’s gifted program because her brother hated it; and she was a grandmother! Her experience and information was outdated, to say the least. Word of mouth is indeed a valuable tool to determine which schools are good, but don’t discount the information you’ll get from Public School Rankings. These rankings are an unbiased report on how a school is performing.

And don’t forget, only YOU can choose the school (based in part on Public School Rankings ) that is best for your child!


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